What to Wear for Yoga

Simple choices make all the difference...

YOGA, we all have heard a lot about it. Like what is yoga, different asanas and pranayama techniques, different yoga props such as mats and apparels, etc. Do you know clothes play an equally important role while performing yoga? Today there is a wide variety of yoga clothes available for both men and women, choosing the right kind could be a daunting task and beginners many a times are not aware about what to wear during their yoga class. Buying the right kind of clothes will not only make you look good and feel comfortable but will also impact the experience of your yoga class? Though purchasing clothes for yoga would depend on your personal preference, but there are some important points which should be considered while buying apparels, like:

  • A breathable and stretchable pants or shorts should be chosen.
  • Breathable, form-fitting and narrow tops which do not hang over your head while practicing advanced yoga asanas.
  • Especially for women, a sports-bra or a built in shelf bra which offers enough support is very much essential.
  • A comfortable and a little warm top for the end of the class while Shavasana or after your body has cooled down.

Now that you know how to choose your correct yoga clothes, another question arises about what kind of clothes to look for while buying.

Comfort, Breathability and Flexibility are the three important elements which should be taken care of while buying your yoga clothes. Mostly clothes for yoga are made from a blend of fabrics like nylon, spandex and polyester, the reason being these fabrics help in providing right proportion of balance to the above mentioned elements of yoga apparels. Nowadays people wear such yoga clothes which are just for fashion and do not serve the specific function of yoga, so these yoga clothes are often referred to as athleisure.

For example outfits with bright colours, funky patterns, mesh cut-outs, leggings with pockets etc. No doubt all of this is really attractive and fun. But before finalizing the outfit you are going to purchase, its function should be kept in mind i.e while trying out the outfits on, you should consider doing some of the yoga postures in the dressing room or at your home, so the garment's comfort and flexibility can be tested.

Men and women both have different body type and structure, so different kinds of clothes are designed for each gender. First, let's discuss about the kind of clothes appropriate for women while doing any kind of yoga asanas.

# Yoga leggings, pants and capris:

There are many brands offering different varieties and styles for yoga leggings, pants and capris. Select the bottom wear made by blending Nylon, Polyester and Spandex materials as they are comfortable, flexible and breathable and wick away moisture from your body. High waist leggings, pants and capris are recommended the most as they are less likely to slip during fast practice or some inverted yoga poses. If you are looking for loose fitted pants, then go for pants with a cinch around the ankle.


# Yoga tops:

Form fitted tops and trunk tops which fit comfortably around the waist and hips are preferred the most to be worn by female yogis. Many tank tops are supported by a built in sports bra, which also is a good option. Here also the fabric of the top should be given the utmost consideration. For sweaty classes tops with breathable and moisture wicking fabrics are best suited, but try to avoid cotton clothes.


# Yoga jackets or sweatshirts:

A comfortable and a little warm jacket or sweatshirt is a must for the end of the class while Shavasana or after your body has cooled down if you wish to run errands then, to avoid immediate chill after the yoga class.

Now let's discuss about the yoga wardrobe for men.

# Comfortable, stretchable and breathable yoga pants and shorts:

The only thing which matters in selecting and buying yoga apparels for men is the fabric of the outfit they choose, it should be breathable, moisture wicking, stretchable and comfortable. Though some prefer wearing yoga shorts and breathable tees which according to them is more comfortable than yoga pants.

If you wish to buy yoga gears online there is a huge collection of yoga clothes for both men and women.

For the execution of the right yoga postures and pranayama, it is very important to select comfortable yoga clothes. Make a smart move and select the clothes which fit you perfectly rather than fiddling with loose one which is sagging or the ones which are too tight and uncomfortable. The above-mentioned points would help you in the smooth transition of your yoga journey.

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